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Favourite Māori legends

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Favourite Māori legends – By A.W Reed, Revised by Ross Calman, Illustrated by Roger Hart

Māori myths and legends have an important role in transmitting and regenerating traditional knowledge. Yet as Ross Calman points out in his introduction to this new edition, they are also simply great yarns – reflective of a time when telling and listening to stories was a key leisure activity in Māori society.

Favourite Māori Legends is an invitation to enjoy over 30 of the most memorable legends, grouped into themes of the spirit world, patupaiarehe (ghosts), taniwha, supernatural creatures, heroes and deeds of daring. Concise yet complete, these gripping stories are enlivened by the timeless illustrations of Roger Hart.

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THE LAND OF THE SPIRITS

Hutu and Pare

Putawai

Tamanui-a-rangi and Rukutia

Hinemārama

 

PATUPAIAREHE

Īhenga and Patupaiarehe

Ruru

The Patupaiarehe and the Tākitimu mountains

Kaumariki

 

TANIWHA

Hotupuku

The talking Taniwha of Kaipara

Te Kaiwhakaruaki

 

SUPERNATURAL CREATURES, GIANTS AND FLYING MEN

Kōpūwai of the Matau

Houmea and Uta

Te Ngārarahuarau

Te Ruahine-mata-māori

The wives of Kametara

Toaangina

Rongokako

Tamarau

 

HEROES AND DEEDS OF DARING

The mana of Kahurangi

Taukata and Hoaki

The finding of Tau-tini-awhitia

Tamarereti

Tautoru the Hunter

The abduction of Rona

The Mauri of Pukekohe

Te Hononga

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